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  • Hangin' With the Butcher

    03/23/2016 7:36:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | March 23, 2016 | Manhound
    Hangin' With the Butcher Along with Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his brother Fidel, Raul Castro directly participated in the executions of many hundred "enemies of the revolution" (Raul is the one tying the blindfold on) and was also responsible for ordering or signing off on the murders of thousands more. Some were killed without trial. Others were given trials that lasted minutes. Mercifully, some were allowed Last Rites. Posted by Oakes Spalding at 1:17 AM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest Labels: bad popes, che guevara, communism, cuba, fidel castro, obama, pope francis, raul castro
  • Extreme Much? Che Guevara Tribute Kicks Off National Environmental Summit

    11/03/2015 11:41:09 AM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Steamboat Institute ^ | November 2nd, 2015 | Simon Lomax
    It's no secret that many U.S. environmental groups have become more strident and ideological during the Obama residency. But you may be surprised just how extreme they have become. In early October, a national network of environmental groups - called Stop the Frack Attack (STFA) - held a summit in Colorado to discuss their campaign strategies. The STFA alliance is led by Earthworks and includes other well-known national activist groups, such as the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and Food & Water Watch. Dozens of smaller groups, which routinely serve as the face of national groups in state- and...
  • Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro – live updates

    09/20/2015 11:18:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 920/2015
    Live coverage of South American communists.
  • Community convenes for Colowyo ( Coal mining & electric power Jobs: Colorado )

    07/31/2015 1:03:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Steamboat Today ^ | July 31, 2015 | Patrick Kelly
    Craig community leaders hosted a meeting Thursday at Moffat County High School to provide a brief update on the situation at Colowyo Coal Mine, answer questions and facilitate public comment on the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s environmental assessment. Ray Beck, Craig mayor, opened the gathering by telling the audience about the economic significance of Colowyo mine’s 220 jobs to Craig and Northwest Colorado. “This is not the time to slow down,” Beck said, emphasizing the importance of community feedback on the development of the mine’s new environmental assessment. When the OMSRE’s recommendation to approve mining plans for...
  • US Indicts 4 Colombia ELN Rebels for 2000 Kidnapping

    11/13/2013 1:45:17 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    LATIN AMERICA HERALD TRIBUNE ^ | November 8, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON – Four members of a violent guerilla organization were indicted on Friday on conspiracy and hostage-taking charges stemming from the kidnapping of more than 60 people in Colombia in 2000, including three United States nationals."
  • Fidel Castro Niece In U.S. On Waiver Granted By Obama Admin Pushes “The Power Of Emancipation

    05/24/2012 5:44:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    <p>And like a good comrade, she returned the favor and endorsed Obama earlier today.</p> <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro brought her fight for gay rights to a U.S. forum Wednesday, stressing the need to secure social equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation.</p>
  • Castro cites "idiocy, ignorance" in Republican race

    01/25/2012 11:31:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:20pm EST | Reporting By Jeff Franks; Editing by Jane Sutton and Cynthia Osterman
    The race for the Republican Party presidential nomination in the United States has been a contest of "idiocy and ignorance," former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Wednesday in a column in Cuba's state-run press. Castro and the communist Cuba he created have been the target of much rhetoric in the lead-up to Florida's Republican primary next week, with top candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich taking hard-line positions to appeal to the state's large population of Cuban exiles. Castro did not cite them, but expressed his general disgust with the Republican field. "The selection of a Republican candidate for...
  • Fidel Castro steps down

    04/18/2011 11:45:59 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 128 replies
    Breaking on Fox. Castro has stepped down as head of the Communist country. Wonder what's going on???
  • Eric Holder Partners with Fidel Castro Again

    02/15/2011 10:16:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    town hall ^ | 2/15/11 | Humberto Fontova
    Last week the U.S. Dept. of Justice, at U.S. taxpayer expense, transported a Lieutenant Colonel of Fidel Castro’s KGB-trained secret police named Roberto Hernandez-Caballero to a U.S. courtroom. The U.S. State Dept. classifies Cuba as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism,” and Fidel Castro classifies the U.S. as “the Great Enemy of Mankind!” A former regime-colleague of Hernandez-Caballero sits in a U.S. federal prison after conviction in “the the most damaging spy scandal against the U.S. since the end of the Cold War.” Her name is Ana Montes and she was convicted in a different U.S. courtroom of the same crimes...
  • Clinton's lies (the impeached *one ticks off Fidel and Cuba over Haiti)

    12/18/2010 12:19:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies ^ | 12/17/10
    Clinton's liesReflections of Fidel (Taken from CubaDebate) Havana. Dicember 17, 2010 IT truly pains me having to deny it. Today he is nothing more than a simple fellow consigned to history, as if the empire's history, and even more importantly, the history of the human race, were guaranteed beyond a few dozen years, without a nuclear war breaking out in Korea, Iran or some other area of conflict. As is known, the United Nations has sent a special envoy to Haiti. Clinton – who was of course President after George H. W. Bush and before George W. Bush – prevented...
  • Castro Says He Was Misinterpreted On Cuban Economy (meant "the opposite")

    09/10/2010 4:24:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | 9/10/10
    Castro Says He Was Misinterpreted On Cuban EconomySep. 10, 2010 (AP) HAVANA (AP) - Fidel Castro said Friday his comments about the Cuban economic model no longer working were misinterpreted by a visiting American journalist - taking back an admission that caused a stir around the globe. The 84-year-old ex-president said he was not misquoted but meant "the opposite" of what he was reported as having said by The Atlantic magazine reporter Jeffrey Goldberg. Goldberg wrote Wednesday that during three days of interviews with Castro in Havana last month, he asked the former leader over lunch and wine if Cuba's...
  • Fidel to Ahmadinejad: 'Stop Slandering the Jews' (Blowing them up is another matter)

    09/07/2010 8:45:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 9/07/10 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    Fidel to Ahmadinejad: 'Stop Slandering the Jews'Sep 7 2010, 12:06 PM ET (This is Part I of a report on my recent visit to Havana. I hope to post Part II tomorrow. And I also hope to be publishing a more comprehensive article about this subject in a forthcoming print edition of The Atlantic.) A couple of weeks ago, while I was on vacation, my cell phone rang; it was Jorge Bolanos, the head of the Cuban Interest Section (we of course don't have diplomatic relations with Cuba) in Washington. "I have a message for you from Fidel," he said....
  • Happy Birthday Fidel, You Murderous Bastard

    08/13/2010 4:24:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 12 replies ^ | Aug. 13, 2010 | Humberto Fontova
    While the MSM reports on Fidel Castro’s 84th birthday today – Fidel Castro marks his 84th birthday on Friday after a spate of public appearances and apocalyptic warnings of nuclear war and environmental disaster that have catapulted him back onto center stage in Cuba and garnered him headlines outside the Communist-run Caribbean island. The Cuban public, by and large, has welcomed their Commandante back after four years of seclusion with the warmth and sympathy one might bestow on an ailing, but wise grandfather home after a prolonged hospital stay, but in no position any longer to play head of the...
  • Cuba releases 7 political prisoners, sends them into exile in Spain

    07/12/2010 5:58:08 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 4 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Star Trib ^ | 07/12/2010 | Staff
    HAVANA - Cuba has released seven political prisoners and sent them with their families into exile in Spain, the first wave in a group of 52 such inmates authorities have promised to free.
  • Elian Gonzalez case - 10 years later

    04/22/2010 4:31:29 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 14 replies · 536+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 22 April 2010 | Jennifer Kay & Matt Sedensky
    Elian Gonzalez case - 10 years later When federal agents stormed a home in the Little Havana community, snatched Elian Gonzalez from his father's relatives and put him on a path back to his father in Cuba, thousands of Cuban Americans took to Miami's streets. Their anger helped give George W. Bush the White House months later and simmered long after that. Ten years later, the Little Havana home - for weeks the epicenter of a standoff that divided the United States - is a museum dedicated to Elian's brief time in this country, but visitors are rare. Almost no...
  • Bell Tolls For Cuba

    03/25/2010 5:36:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 416+ views ^ | March 25, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Tyranny: The death of a dissident on a hunger strike last month is still sending shock waves to Cuba's regime. Cuba's global support is falling away — and President Obama's surprise slam at Havana is one of many. It may be the end of the Cuban regime, but something changed when Orlando Tamayo Zapata, a political prisoner, died in a hunger strike last month. Tamayo, a construction worker, was arrested in the 2003 "Black Spring" wave of arrests against 75 democracy activists, drawing a sentence of 25 years. His hunger strike called attention to the plight of Cuba's political prisoners....
  • NY Post Page Six: "Just Asking" (Dems visiting Fidel on the sly?)

    03/01/2010 5:17:03 AM PST · by The G Man · 34 replies · 1,667+ views
    NY Post ^ | 3/1/2010 | Richard Johnson
    WHICH members of Congress make regular, secret visits to Cuba as guests of Fidel Castro, flying in from nearby islands? Their passports aren't stamped, so no one's the wiser.
  • Fidel Castro says Obama's smile can't be trusted (Doesn't like Hussein 'piece' prize)

    12/14/2009 8:33:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies · 726+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/14/09
    Fidel Castro says Obama's smile can't be trustedMon Dec 14, 2009 7:31pm EST HAVANA (Reuters) - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro warned on Monday that President Barack Obama's "kindly smile" could not be trusted, saying Washington was plotting against leftist Latin American governments including Venezuela's. Castro, 83, who ran Cuba for nearly 50 years before poor health led him to hand the presidency to his younger brother Raul last year, initially welcomed Obama's election but has been increasingly critical. In a letter read by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at a gathering of leftist leaders in Havana, Castro said the United...
  • US and Cuba Held Unannounced Talks

    09/29/2009 9:39:40 PM PDT · by pissant · 8 replies · 522+ views
    ABC ^ | 9/29/09 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News' Kirit Radia reports: Senior US and Cuban officials held talks in Havana earlier this month that were longer and more wide ranging than previously revealed, the State Department said today. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Bisa Williams traveled to the Havana, Cuba for talks on restoring postal service between the two countries, but officials now say she also held additional talks in western Cuba about the status of the US Interest Section in Cuba and migration, among other topics. Bisa Williams took advantage of the opportunity while in Cuba for postal talks to have...
  • Fidel Castro turns 83 with economy on his mind

    08/13/2009 12:39:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,076+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/09 | Esteban Israe
    HAVANA (Reuters) – Former Cuban President Fidel Castro marked his 83rd birthday on Thursday with a gloomy warning about the global economic crisis, which is hitting his country hard, and a vow to "carry on." Castro, the leader of Cuba's 1959 revolution that brought communism to the Caribbean island, has remained out of public view for the last three years and in 2008 handed over the presidency to younger brother Raul Castro for health reasons. But while he leaves day-to-day running of the government to Raul Castro, he remains influential behind the scenes and writes regular commentaries for state-run media....
  • Raul Castro: Cuba won't undo communist system

    08/01/2009 6:22:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,029+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/1/09 | Will Weissert - ap
    HAVANA – Raul Castro announced Saturday that Cuba will cut spending on education and health care, potentially weakening the building blocks of its communist system in a bid to revive a floundering economy. The former defense minister who took over the presidency last year called state spending "simply unsustainable" and said the cash-strapped government would reorganize rural schools and scrutinize its free health care system in search of ways to save money. But he vowed that the island will not see fundamental change even after he and his older brother and predecessor Fidel Castro are gone. "I wasn't elected president...
  • Fidel Castro's son falls for Colombian woman who turns out to be a man

    06/15/2009 7:01:11 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 20 replies · 1,303+ views
    o-sentinel ^ | 15-June-2009
    One of Fidel Castro's sons carried on an eight-month flirtation over the Internet with a person he believed was a Colombian woman. Surprise! The woman was actually a Miami man. The trickster said the prank, broadcast on a Miami TV station, showed it's possible to get around Cuba's security. ''Guess where I am and I will make love to you without stopping,'' Antonio Castro Soto del Valle, Fidel's son and physician for the Cuban national baseball team, reportedly wrote ''Claudia'' during a January trip to Russia with his uncle Raúl. But ''Claudia'' turned out to be Luis Domínguez, a Cuban-born...
  • The Declaration of Cumaná: Capitalism 'threatens life on the planet'

    04/24/2009 8:05:06 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 13 replies · 1,080+ views
    Rabble.CA ^ | 4/24/09
    We, the Heads of State and Government of Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela, member countries of ALBA, consider that the Draft Declaration of the 5th Summit of the Americas is insufficient and unacceptable for the following reasons: - The Declaration does not provide answers to the Global Economic Crisis, even though this crisis constitutes the greatest challenge faced by humanity in the last decades and is the most serious threat of the current times to the welfare of our peoples. - The Declaration unfairly excludes Cuba, without mentioning the consensus in the region condemning the blockade and isolation...
  • Fidel Castro: Obama Got 'Overture' Wrong

    04/22/2009 7:07:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 32 replies · 930+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2009 | Fox News
    HAVANA -- Fidel Castro said Tuesday that President Obama "misinterpreted" his brother Raul's sentiments toward the United States and bristled at any suggestion Cuba should free political prisoners or reduce official fees on money sent to the island from the U.S. Raul Castro touched off a whirlwind of speculation that the U.S. and Cuba could be headed toward a thaw in nearly a half-century of chilly relations last week, when he said Cuban leaders would be willing to sit down with their U.S. counterparts and discuss "everything," including human rights, freedom of the press and expression, and political prisoners on...
  • List of 'Worst Dictators' omits Fidel and Raul Castro

    03/22/2009 11:24:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 1,083+ views
    BY GLENN GARVIN If I were making a list of the world's greatest experts on lists, David Wallechinsky would be right at the top. He's been compiling quirky collections of names and facts for more than three decades now, in books like The People's Almanac and The Book Of Lists, and he's the master of the form. Who else is going to give you the names of 17 Children Who May Have Lived With Wild Animals? (No, Flipper's pal Bud doesn't count.) Or 10 People With The Most Square Miles Of The Surface Of The Earth Named After Them? (Sure,...
  • The Cubans botched the name of their linux, but in computers there is a BIGGER blunder!

    03/10/2009 9:08:50 PM PDT · by brycemax · 6 replies · 543+ views
    Fidel laments that the Cuban linux variant is named "Nova," but believe it or not, there's an even bigger mistake in the computer world. NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you visit his web site and please refrain from copying the cartoon in this thread. Thanks!
  • Castro: 2 officials undone by 'honey of power' (Fidel says he was 'consulted')

    03/03/2009 11:56:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 372+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/3/09 | AP
    HAVANA – Fidel Castro said Tuesday he was consulted on the sweeping leadership changes by his brother Raul's government and that two of the ousted officials had been seduced by "the honey of power." The article published on a government Web site gave the first official hint of why at least two powerful officials were removed in the abrupt shakeup — Cuba's largest in decades. The move was widely seen as Raul Castro putting his personal stamp on the government he inherited from Fidel Castro a year ago. But the elder brother wrote that he had been consulted about the...
  • Chavez makes surprise visit to Cuba

    02/21/2009 7:53:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 367+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/21/09 | AFP
    HAVANA (AFP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was in Cuba on Saturday, paying a surprise visit to the island after a major poll win last Sunday. It is the Venezuelan leader's first trip abroad since winning a referendum on February 15 that removed term limits on his presidency. Standing arm-in-arm with Chavez on his arrival late Friday, Cuban President Raul Castro raised the Venezuelan leader's fist in victory, declaring "I do this in Fidel's name" -- a reference to his brother, a long-time friend of Chavez.
  • Castro says he doubts he'll be lucid in 4 years

    01/22/2009 6:12:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 684+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/09 | AP
    HAVANA – Fidel Castro suggested Thursday that his health is failing, saying that four years from now he doesn't expect to be following current events. In an online column titled "Reflections of Comrade Fidel," the 82-year-old Cuban leader appeared to be pondering his own mortality, saying Cuban officials "shouldn't feel bound by my occasional Reflections, my state of health or my death." "I have had the rare privilege of observing events over such a long time. I receive information and meditate calmly on those events," he wrote. "I expect I won't enjoy that privilege in four years, when Obama's first...
  • Castro's disappearance fuels new health fears

    01/16/2009 4:38:44 AM PST · by Loyalist · 17 replies · 536+ views
    The Guardian ^ | January 16, 2009 | Rory Carroll
    Fidel Castro's failure to meet visiting dignitaries or publish his regular newspaper column has fuelled speculation that his health has deteriorated dramatically. The former president, 82, has not appeared on TV or in print in recent weeks despite expectations that he would participate in the celebrations for the Cuban revolution's 50th anniversary on 1 January. Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, an ally and unofficial spokesman, fed the rumour-mill by saying Castro would not surface in public again. "That Fidel in uniform, who walked the streets and towns at daybreak, embracing the people, will not return," Chavez said on TV last Sunday....
  • Chavez: Castro unlikely to appear in public again

    01/12/2009 10:29:41 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 617+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 12, 2009 | CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER
    CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday it is unlikely that ailing former Cuban leader Fidel Castro will ever appear in public again.
  • Fidel Castro says Cuba can talk with Obama

    12/04/2008 6:19:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 512+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/4/08 | Anita Snow - ap
    HAVANA – Fidel Castro said Thursday that President-elect Barack Obama is a man Cuba can talk with and indicated that communist officials would be willing to meet with him wherever he wants. But the former Cuban leader expressed disappointment with some of Obama's Cabinet choices, including Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state and Robert Gates as defense secretary.
  • Russian leader meets Fidel Castro in Cuba

    11/28/2008 2:30:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 637+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/28/08 | Patrick Markey
    HAVANA (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Friday as Moscow rebuilt ties with an old Cold War ally during a trip to strengthen its political and economic clout in Latin America. The meeting came at the end of Medvedev's tour of the region, which has been seen as an attempt by Russia to taunt Washington in its traditional backyard as well as boost Moscow's trade with the region. "This has been a great visit, a magnificent visit, and now he is going to see Fidel," Cuban President and Fidel's brother, Raul Castro, told...
  • Still out of sight, Fidel Castro pens new book (adds new meaning to term 'ghost writer')

    11/12/2008 6:28:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 322+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/08 | AP
    HAVANA – Cuba on Wednesday presented a new book by Fidel Castro, who has not appeared in public since undergoing emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006 but who authorities claim spent more than 400 hours working on the manuscript. "La Paz en Colombia," or "Peace in Colombia," explores Cuba's role in attempts to end Colombia's civil war, which has raged for more than four decades. The 265-page book was presented during a Havana ceremony that Castro did not attend, though one of his sons was there, as was Ricardo Alarcon, head of the country's rubber-stamp parliament. Several rounds of peace...
  • Fidel Castro bedded 35,000 women!

    09/20/2008 5:13:01 AM PDT · by sidewinder009 · 94 replies · 2,096+ views
    economictimes ^ | 19 Sep, 2008
    NEW YORK: Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has slept with 35,000 women in his 82 years of life, according to an upcoming documentary. "He slept with at least two women a day for more than four decades - one for lunch and one for supper," the New York Post quoted an ex-Castro official named "Ramon" as telling filmmaker Ian Halperin. "Sometimes he even ordered one for breakfast," the official said. "I don't think he would have stayed on as long as he did if not for all the incredible women he had access to as president," the official added. Fidel...
  • Cuba seeks to buy US materials for Ike recovery

    09/11/2008 11:38:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 388+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/11/08 | Anita Snow - ap
    HAVANA – Cuba has turned down U.S. storm relief handouts, but is asking for trade restrictions to be lifted so it can buy American materials to assist in its recovery from Hurricane Ike, officials said Thursday. "Cuba hasn't asked the United States government to give it anything," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement ...
  • Fidel Castro: Corrupt judges hurt Cuban Olympians

    08/26/2008 9:09:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 276+ views
    AP ^ | August 25, 2008
    Fidel Castro says corrupt judges are to blame for Cuba's sub-par showing at the Beijing Olympics. Castro alleges that judges blatantly stole semifinal fights from two Cuban boxers, and that a judge must have been bribed in the case of Angel Matos, who kicked a referee in the face after he was disqualified in a bronze-medal taekwondo match.
  • Fidel Castro still a force, two years out of power (Comeback?)

    07/30/2008 12:22:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 119+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/08 | Jeff Franks
    HAVANA (Reuters) - The era of Fidel Castro appeared to be ending July 30, 2006, when the ailing leader handed over power to his brother Raul Castro. But two years later, he remains a force to be reckoned with in Cuba and to some degree on the international scene. Although he no longer rules the Caribbean island as he did for almost 50 years, the 81-year-old still has his brother's ear and is using a newfound career as a newspaper columnist to make his views known. Diplomatic cocktail gossip in Havana centers on whether he is using his clout to...
  • The Religious Left Throws Castro a Lovefest

    05/30/2008 6:33:58 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 12 replies · 129+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 5-30-08 | Mark D. Tooley
    Much of the Religious Left has abandoned its old infatuation with Marxism, having long since moved on to radical environmentalism or performing apologetics for radical Islam. But quaintly, some relics still hang on to the old causes, chief of which is the 50 year love affair with Fidel Castro and his Cuban despotism.
  • Cuba's Useful Idiot

    04/16/2008 7:18:21 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 221+ views ^ | 4/16/2008 | Humberto Fontova
    Cuba's Useful Idiot By Humberto Fontova | 4/16/2008 Last month Dan Rather’s new gig as host of HDNET's “Dan Rather Reports” found him, as so often during his CBS days, “reporting” from Cuba. From Dan we heard of “dramatic changes” down there, of a “remarkable transformation.” “The door (to the U.S.) is open, “explained Dan. “The best time to talk is now.” Dan was chanting a familiar tune, one we've heard almost nonstop from the MSM's pet “Cuba Experts'” for the past 21 months. As usual when dealing with Cuban matters, a sober look behind the carefully constructed and...
  • Chavez: Castro predicted fall of dollar

    04/10/2008 8:02:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 115+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | AP
    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that his close friend Fidel Castro predicted the fall of the U.S. dollar. Chavez said Cuba's 81-year-old former president mentioned the prediction some time ago before signs of a weakening dollar had begun to appear. "Fidel told me one day, 'Chavez, it won't be long before the crisis of the dollar occurs,'" the Venezuelan leader said in a televised speech. Chavez said Castro handed him a document he had written during one of their meetings in Havana that said "the United States has bought half the world with paper bills that...
  • Castro defends crackdown 5 years ago, exhorts US to treat inmates as well as Cuba

    03/24/2008 9:27:03 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 354+ views
    AP ^ | 03/24/08
    HAVANA (AP) - Ailing former leader Fidel Castro made a rare mention of his government's crackdown on political opponents five years ago, defending the action and exhorting the United States to treat its prisoners with the same humanity he said Cuba uses with its inmates. "What an enormous difference between the methods of the United States and of Cuba!" Castro wrote in an essay published Monday in state media, apparently referring to how the U.S. government treats terror suspects. "None of the mercenaries were tortured or deprived of attorney or trial," Castro said of the 75 dissidents rounded up beginning...
  • Cuba: Communism on verge of collapse, says dissident

    03/23/2008 10:11:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 938+ views
    Prominent Cuban author and dissident, Armando Valladares, has predicted the collapse of communism in Cuba after the death of former president Fidel Castro. Valladares said that people in Cuba were tired of 'acquiescing to state terrorism' like others had in communist Romania, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Valladares said that the young "sons of the revolution, are becoming ever more politically active... The author who spent 22 years in prison was in Italy to present a new edition of his most popular work, Against All Hope: a Memoir of Life in Castro's Gulags, in the Italian capital in Rome. He also critised...
  • Fidel's Final Farce

    03/03/2008 1:51:13 PM PST · by SonnyCorleone · 3 replies · 67+ views ^ | 2/21/08 | Dagny D'Anconia
    Back in late September 2006 in The Partial Assassination of Castro, I presented evidence that Castro had probably been poisoned with a tasteless odorless poison called superwarfarin, had hemorrhaged profusely for a prolonged period, and had been brain damaged in the process. He has been living in a medical version of prison, unable to talk to the outside world lest he embarrass himself, Cuba and the cause of Communism. Since then further evidence has supported that conclusion. Even if Fidel Castro was brain damaged, that did not stop his brother and associates from creating a facade that Fidel was still...
  • Andy Garcia is Fed Up With People Who Glorify Che Guevara

    04/25/2006 7:19:19 PM PDT · by Number57 · 191 replies · 3,491+ views
    Andy Garcia is urging fashion-conscious rebels to stop wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the image of Latino revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara because they remind Cubans of terrible times. The actor accepts that Guevara stands for rebellion and is seen as a hero to many, but he sees the revolutionary as a butcher who killed millions of his countrymen. Argentine-born Guevara helped current Cuban leader Fidel Castro overthrow General Fulgencio Batista's government in a guerrilla revolution in the late 1950s. Garcia, who left Cuba when he was five, says, "I'd be curious to go around and ask them how much they really...
  • Raul Castro becomes Cuba's leader

    02/24/2008 12:19:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 101 replies · 2,212+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/24/08 | AP
    HAVANA — Nearly 50 years of rule by Fidel Castro ended in Cuba on Sunday as parliament chose his brother Raul to replace him — a transition that leaves the island's communist system unshaken. The new president proposed consulting with the ailing 81-year-old Fidel on all major decisions of state, and parliament approved the proposal. The vote came five days after Fidel said he was retiring, capping a career in which he frustrated efforts by 10 U.S. presidents to oust him. The transition was not likely to bring a major shift in policies of the communist government that have put...
  • London Times Urges Travel to Cuba Before 'Golden Era' Ends

    02/24/2008 6:47:09 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 25 replies · 148+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | February 24, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Anti-American snarkiness has reared its ugly little head in this London Times travel story by Tom Chesshyre, "Tourism 'golden era' ends in Cuba." Apparently, The Times believes that life under Fidel Castro's oppressive regime was a "golden era" for visiting that island. Yes, how quaint to see dilapidated buildings and people whose diets are severely restricted by government rationing. The Times seems to fear that these "good times" may soon be coming to an end and urges visits there before the atmosphere is ruined by the American tourist "invasion": Travellers interested in visiting Cuba are being advised to go now before an...
  • Fidel Castro: I'm ready for a vacation

    02/22/2008 10:56:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 312+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/22/08 | Will Weissert - ap
    HAVANA - Fidel Castro said Friday that he's relieved to be stepping down as Cuba's president, complaining that the process of selecting Cuba's next government "had left me exhausted." After nearly a half-century in power, Castro announced Tuesday that he wouldn't accept another term when parliament selects a new government on Sunday. "The night before, I slept better than ever," Castro wrote in a newspaper column. "My conscience was clear and I promised myself a vacation." The ailing 81-year-old said Tuesday that he's not well enough to continue as president. Most expect his brother Raul, five years younger, to step...
  • Fidel and Raul are no Gorbachev's

    02/22/2008 7:46:20 AM PST · by DFG · 6 replies · 115+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 02/22/08 | Humberto Fontova
    The announcement this week of Fidel Castro's retirement was a mere formality. You'll recall the identical announcement July of 2006. In fact, many Cuba watchers will tell you that his little brother, Raul, as head of Cuba's Armed Forces, has been mostly running Cuba--the nuts and bolts of the thing--for decades, and more singlehandedly for the past five years.
  • CNN: Be Kind To Castro

    02/19/2008 9:05:43 PM PST · by tgslTakoma · 29 replies · 211+ views
    BabaluBlog ^ | February 19, 2008 | Henry "Conductor" Gomez
    Michael Graham, blogging at The Natural Truth, brings us this disgusting but not surprising story about how CNN coached its anchors to treat the subject of fidel castro in an early morning email today. I can now confirm independently that not only did such an email go out, here it is in its entirety: From: Flexner, Allison Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 7:46 AM To: *CNN Superdesk (TBS) Cc: Neill, Morgan; Darlington, Shasta Subject: Castro guidance Some points on Castro – for adding to our anchor reads/reporting: * Please say in our reporting that Castro stepped down in a letter...